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Social Sciences: Social Statistics & DemographyPart of Social Sciences

Careers & employability

Employability is about more than just getting a job – we believe in helping our students gain the necessary experience for a future career, along with the skills to identify opportunities and make the most of them.

At Southampton you will have the opportunity to broaden your options by meeting employers, getting involved in volunteering activities, work placements and much more.

The University’s Careers and Employability Service offers a wide range of services and support to students at all stages of their university life, and for up to three years after graduation, including:

For more information visit the Careers and Employability Service website.

Careers and population studies

Many of our graduates enter a profession directly related to the science of population. Commercial companies, local and national government all require employees with the skills and knowledge to understand and research the relationship between population, health, housing and policy. Local and overseas development and voluntary organisations are also increasingly employing people with expertise in population issues. Not all graduate careers are directly related to population studies, but the portfolio of transferable skills developed during your studies, including skills in computer proficiency, problem-solving, communication, numeracy, statistics and research methods, are all viewed extremely favourably by employers.

Careers and geography

With its emphasis on effective communication, numerical analysis and problem-solving, a geography degree provides a strong grounding for many different careers. Recent Southampton geographers have taken jobs in fields ranging from finance, market research, public policy and business through to research and education. The vocational elements of geography mean that your degree can also be a passport to discipline-related fields such as environmental consultancy, water management, nature conservation and town and regional planning.

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“In the summer of my second year, I was offered an internship at the FT. This really opened my eyes to the massive range of careers open to graduates who are proactive and enthusiastic.”

Maria Martin - BSc Population Sciences

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